Chilled Sugar Snap Pea Soup

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup finely chopped leeks
Salt to taste
4 cups chicken broth
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
A pinch cayenne
1 pound cleaned sugar snap peas, ends and strings removed
2 mint leaves

Put olive oil in a large pot over medium heat and add the leek. Add salt to taste and cook, stirring, until leeks are soft. Add chicken broth, black pepper, and cayenne, and bring to a boil.

Stir in sugar snap peas and mint leaves. Cook until peas have softened slightly.

With a slotted spoon, move the veggies to a blender and then add some of the cooking liquid. Blend on high to puree, adding liquid as needed. At the end, add all the liquid and liquefy until smooth. If you want, pour it through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl and press until only the fibrous material is left behind. Either way, cool it to room temperature, cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Season to taste. Serve with a swirl of crème fraiche and mint leaves in each bowl.

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